On the Edge of Earth: The Future of American Space Power / Edition 1

On the Edge of Earth: The Future of American Space Power / Edition 1

by Steven Lambakis
     
 

The United States has long exploited Earth's orbits to enhance security, generate wealth, and solidify its position as a world leader. America's ambivalence toward military activities in space, however, has the potential to undermine our future security. Many in Washington possess a peculiar regard for space and warfare. Some perceive space as a place to defend and

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The United States has long exploited Earth's orbits to enhance security, generate wealth, and solidify its position as a world leader. America's ambivalence toward military activities in space, however, has the potential to undermine our future security. Many in Washington possess a peculiar regard for space and warfare. Some perceive space as a place to defend and fight for America's vital interests. Others — whose voices are frequently dominant and manifested in public rhetoric, funded defense programs, international diplomacy, and treaty commitments — look upon space as a preserve not to be despoiled by earthly strife.

After forty years of discussion, the debate over America's role in space rages on. In light of the steady increase in international satellite activity for commercial and military purposes, American's vacillation on this issue could begin to pose a real threat to our national security. Steven Lambakis argues that this policy dysfunction will eventually manifest itself in diminished international political leverage, the forfeiture of technological advances, and the squandering of valuable financial resources. Lambakis reviews key political, military, and business developments in space over the past four decades. Emphasizing that we should not take our unobstructed and unlimited access to space for granted, he identifies potential space threats and policy flaws and proposes steps to meet national security demands for the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813121987
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. IThe Vital Force3
1In Space Is Our Trust: How and Why Does Space Impact the United States?5
2Space and International Security Affairs: What Role Does Space Play in International Relations?39
3Evolution of a Space Power: What Are the Implications of the Space Revolution for U.S. Military Strategy?72
Pt. 2In the Arena109
4Survival in the Twenty-first Century: Is There a Credible Threat to U.S. Space Systems?112
5The Shattered Sanctum: How Might Space Be Used against the United States?142
6The Pitfalls of Arrogance and the Limits of Military Power: How Might a Technologically Inferior Adversary Gain an Advantage?175
Pt. 3Confronting Janus205
7National Defense Space Policy: How Has Policy Evolved since Eisenhower?207
8Freedom of Space and the Defect of Present Policy: Why Is the United States Unprepared for Its Military Future in Space?236
9Putting on a New Face: Maturing the United States' Policy Vision272
AppElementary Descriptions of Orbits297
Notes303
Index354

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